Heavy rain, wind arrives prompts flood warnings

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A strong weather system arrived overnight Sunday into Monday.

KTVU Meteorologist Steve Paulson says some areas could exceed 4-8" of rain.

Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is also closed in both directions in Marin. There's also flooding on 101 in Marin County between the county line all the way down to Mill Valley. 

Steve says the Santa Cruz Mountains appear to be the prime focus of this storm. In the Santa Cruz Mountains, Highway 17 is still down to just one lane in each direction. The lane closures span from Granite Creek Road to Scotts Valley, because of a mudslide that happened there earlier in the season. Caltrans has been working on repairs, but they had to stop because of Friday's rain. They say that repairs will not resume until the latest storm passes. 

In Sonoma County, a cemetery is flooded after some trees crashed through a water main. It happened Saturday morning at the Valley Cemetery on East MacArthur Street.  Three large trees hit a water main, creating small rivers and causing plenty of damage. Two nearby homes were also threatened, but sandbags kept the water away.

In Oroville, the water level is down at Lake Oroville but people remain on alert and one evacuation center is still open. 

The storm has prompted flight delays at SFO. More than 90 flights have been canceled and more than 70 have been delayed.  

As of noon, rainfall totals in the past 24 hours amounted to 5" in Venado (just to the west of Healdsburg) 3.58" in Ben Lomond, 3.04" at Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, 1.11" in San Francisco, 1.24" in Oakland and .74" in San Jose. There are flash flood warnings across portions of the Bay Area region including areas near the Alameda Creek, Santa Cruz Mountains including Felton and Ben Lomond, Watsonville and Hollister.

Steve says there are high wind warnings, flooding likely and additional mudslides. Steve says the heaviest rain will be around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After that rain should decrease a bit.

The rain in the Sierra could trigger avalanches and possibly mudslides.

Temps will be in the 50's to 60's. The rain should taper off Monday into Tuesday - with some rain sticking around through Tuesday.

Wednesday through Friday looks dry before another, colder rainy system arrives Saturday.